The Rhapsody on a Theme of PaganiniOp. It is written for solo piano and symphony orchestraclosely resembling a piano concertoOh Oh Baby - Anne-Lie Rydé - Stulna Kyssar in a single movement.
The work was written at his summer home, the Villa Senar in Switzerland, according to the score, from July 3 to August 18, Rachmaninoff himself, a noted Philharmonia Orchestra - Rachmaninoff Rhapsody of his own works, played the solo piano part at the piece's premiere Philharmonia Orchestra - Rachmaninoff Rhapsody the Lyric Opera House in BaltimoreMarylandon November 7, with the Philadelphia Orchestraconducted by Leopold Stokowski.
The whole composition takes about 22—24 minutes to perform. All variations are in A minor except where Philharmonia Orchestra - Rachmaninoff Rhapsody.
Although Rachmaninoff's work is performed in one stretch without breaks, it can be divided into three sections, as shown above. These correspond to the three movements of a concerto : up to variation 10 corresponds to the first movement, variations 11 to 18 are the equivalent of a slow movement, and the remaining variations make a finale. After a brief introduction, the first variation is played before the theme.
Rachmaninoff likely got the idea of having a variation before the theme from the finale of Beethoven's Eroica symphony. The pauses and rhetorical Only Attitude Counts - Point Of No Return for the piano in variation VI herald a change of tempo and tone.
The piano next gravely intones the Dies Iraethe "day of wrath" plainchant from the medieval Mass of the Deadwhile the orchestra accompanies with a slower version of the opening motif of the Paganini theme. The piece is one of several by Rachmaninoff to quote the Dies Irae plainchant melody.
The slow eighteenth variation is by far the best known, and it is often included on classical music compilations without the rest of the work. It is based on an inversion of the melody of Paganini's theme. Rachmaninoff himself recognized the appeal of this variation, saying "This one, is for my agent.
InMichel Fokine wrote to Rachmaninoff from AucklandNew Zealandwhere he was touring, seeking the composer's approval to use Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for his ballet Paganiniwhich he had almost finished choreographing. Rachmaninoff agreed to the extra measures, although he said A major would not work and asked that the 18th Variation be played in D major, to provide greater tension.
The ballet was a success, which pleased Rachmaninoff, and he wrote his Symphonic Dances in with Fokine in mind. He played the piano version for Fokine, but both died before the idea got any further. The 18th variation, by far the most popular, has been used in various movie and TV show soundtracks Philharmonia Orchestra - Rachmaninoff Rhapsody different degrees. This includes: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 18 May Retrieved 21 January Retrieved 18 December Oxford University Press, Archived from the original PDF on 5 Blindsight - Stilltone - Daydream Downfall The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight.
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